South Africa after 3-0 home Test series victory against Sri Lanka will play the first Twenty 20 International at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. A bunch of youngsters will take on the wily Sri Lankan side. Ten 3 and Ten 1 HD will live telecast the match. The match will begin at 9.30 pm Indian Standard Time (IST). Those of you looking to catch the action online can access tensports.com for free live streaming.
Sri Lanka came from a comprehensive win over Zimbabwe, but confident South Africa are brimming with confidence after defeating Australia in their own den. As the year mark no big T20I tournament, this series has little significance to the fans, but South Africa will not leave an inch to the Sri Lankan side as they would like to continue with their dominating form.
The three-match T20I series will be played in five days. The series will observe a new-look South African team. The team is comprised of only four members that played the World T20 in India last year. However, rest of the players has little experience in international cricket. Cricket South Africa has taken this decision considering the future of their team. Also read- (BCCI vs Lodha: Supreme Court questions names of proposed BCCI administrators)
Most of the young players got the reward for their superb performance in the domestic T20 tournament for the last two years. Veteran like Heino Kuhn, who has played professional cricket for more than a decade, will play alongside the rookie like Lungi Nagidi, who at 20 featured in two franchise based T20 finals.
In comparison to the South African team, Sri Lankan squad has depth as they have more familiar warriors. Lasith Malinga’s injury leaves Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep to carry the seam bowling responsibilities along with recalled players Nuwan Kulasekara and Isuru Udana. Also read- (Virat Kohli’s trust was important as I could have retired: Yuvraj Singh)
In the batting department, Sri Lanka have added only one new face, Thikshila de Silva, in their rank. So it is expected that Sri Lanka, with experience in the bank, will do the better job than the rookie South African side.
Sri Lankan squad: Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thikshila de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Nuwan Pradeep, Asela Gunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Mendis, Sachith Pathirana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana
South Africa squad: Farhaan Behardien (c), Theunis de Bruyn, Imran Tahir, Reeza Hendricks, Heino Kuhn (wk), David Miller, Mangaliso Mosehle, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangisio, Andile Phehlukwayo, JJ Smuts